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Mormon missionaries safe in Thailand after coup

Published May 23, 2014 5:43 pm

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After a bloodless military coup in Thailand, LDS missionaries in the Southeast Asian nation "are safe and are communicating regularly with mission leaders," church spokesman Cody Craynor said Friday.

"Missionaries were instructed to return home early in the evening," Craynor said in a statement, "and maintain basic provisions in their apartments."

There is one LDS mission in Thailand with just under 200 missionaries, including a growing number of females — "sister missionaries." The bulk of the young full-time proselytizers are serving in the capital, Bangkok, which is "quite calm at the moment," Kristie Kenney, U.S. ambassador to Thailand, told CNN.

LDS leaders, Craynor said, "continue to closely monitor the situation."

There are 18,000 Mormons in Thailand.

Peggy Fletcher Stack